Awesome Everywhere!

United States


Ann Arbor, MI

Asheville, NC

Atlanta, GA

Austin, TX

Baltimore, MD

Beaverton & Beyond, OR

Bend, OR

Birmingham, AL

Boston, MA

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Raleigh, NC

Rockport, MA

San Antonio, TX

San Francisco, CA

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Santa Fe, NM

Seattle, WA

South Bend, IN

Tallahassee, FL

Twin Cities, MN

Washington, DC

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About Us

AWESOME BEND: Making Bend more awesome, $1000 at a time. Our mission is to inspire & support ideas that can make Bend an even better place to live, work and play.

Next AWESOME BEND PITCH NIGHT: October 18th, 2016 6-8:30pm Deschutes Brewery Tap Room 1044 NW Bond St (Upstairs)


Live crowdfunding-- Shark Tank style-- for community good. $1000 awarded on the spot! Join us for a free feel-good evening of Ideas & Inspiration.

Central Oregon SK8 Share Winner of July Awesome Bend Pitch Night

Heather Kennedy was the winner of the July19th Awesome Bend Pitch Night at Deschutes Brewery with her proposal to distribute skateboards, helmets, pads and gear to under-supported youth in Central Oregon. In addition to the $1000 grant, Kennedy also won the audience award which totaled $202.

“Skateboarding is an activity that can build bridges in this community between people of different cultures and socio-economic status. It’s a benefit to the whole community when our youth have a healthy positive way to spend their time,” said Kennedy. “We currently have two skate parks with another one on the way. Every child should have the opportunity to take advantage of these parks.”

In exchange for a skateboard, Central Oregon SK8 Share will require a one-page essay from the youth recipients that tells a little bit about them and how they feel having a skateboard will enhance their lives.


Winner of our JANUARY 19, 2016 PITCH NIGHT:

Thirteen-year-old Alice McKnight won a record $1397 at the January Awesome Bend Pitch Night with a proposal called “Canine Care Kits”. Five finalists presented ideas to make Bend more awesome to room full of nearly 100 people at the event held on January19th at Deschutes Brewery. Alice won the $1000 grant from ten trustees who each donated $100 to make her idea a reality. In addition, she won the audience favorite award of $397. With the money, Alice will build and distribute canine care kits to homeless people in Bend. The kits will include dog food, dog chews, a leash, a foam sleeping pad and a collapsible water bowl. Alice had noticed that many homeless people in Bend have dogs, but she worried about how they were able to care for their dogs. “Caring for a dog can make you feel needed and wanted and can take your mind off your problems,” she said. “These kits will help homeless people keep their dogs healthier and happier which in turn will keep the humans healthy and happy too.”

Read about Alice here:

PAST NEWS: Winner of the inaugural Awesome Bend Pitch Night 4/21/15:

Wow! We are so honored to announce the winner of our very first Awesome Bend grant: Tracy Miller with "We Are Remembering- Not Just a Number". She walked away with the $1000 and another $221 from the audience to make her dream a reality-- remembering every single American killed in Afghanistan and Iraq during a 14-hour plus reading of names broadcast live to the world via webcast from our very own Troy Field this Memorial Day. There wasn't a dry eye or uninspired person in the room. Thank you, trustees. Thank you, audience. Tracy Miller, you are awesome.

Check out our TV coverage and story:


Awesome Bend awards a $1000 grant quarterly to a project that will make Bend even more awesome. The definition of "awesome" is intentionally left up to your imagination. It could mean solving a problem, making someone stop and think, or spreading joy-- think social good, the environment, technology, arts and beyond!

The grant has no strings attached (other than doing something awesome and telling us about it). We are high on action and low on bureaucracy. The application takes 15 minutes or less. Finalists deliver a 3-minute pitch at Pitch Night, where we select a winner and hand out $1000 on the spot to help them turn their awesome idea into reality.

Our only rules:

1.The project must be feasible and completed within 3 months of the award.

2.The money cannot be used for personal expenses or operating expenses for an established charity.

3.You agree to come back to the next Pitch Night and tell the community all about your project, thus inspiring future awesomeness.

(Hint for success: In your application, state very specifically, how your project will make Bend even more awesome.)


We need you! Give back and have loads of fun doing it.

Every quarter, each of our 10 trustees donates $100 and helps select the most crazy, brilliant, positive-impact project proposal to receive our combined $1000.

Want to be a catalyst for awesomeness? Apply to become an Awesome Bend trustee here.

Meet the Trustees